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Top 5 Patterns From Day 2 at Kentucky Lake

Top 5 Patterns From Day 2 at Kentucky Lake
Day-one leader Tom Redington had a hot start to his day.

Randy Haynes hasn’t won yet, but his leapfrogging from fifth to first on day two of the Rayovac FLW Series Central Division event presented by Evinrude on Kentucky Lake was more than a little reminiscent of his victory in 2014. In that tournament, which took place in late May, Haynes was third after the second round behind Jason Lambert and Brandon Hunter, respectively.

Haynes had 25-1 and 22-10 in the first two rounds of the 2014 derby, then stunned the field with a limit of 27-10 on the last day to win with 75-5. This time, he heads into the championship round with 47-15 – 4 ounces better than his two-day weight last year. You can read about his pattern details here.

Another factor that’s similar to 2014 is the caliber of the competition that Haynes will have to overcome in order to win his second Kentucky Lake title. Here’s a look at his closest rivals.

Tom Redington dropped into second place after day two. He has a 46-6 total heading into the final day.

2. Tom Redington, Royse City, Texas, 46-6

“You know how dogs will ignore a toy lying in the middle of the room, but then, when one of them picks it up, suddenly the others want to get in on the action? Well, that’s how the bass I’m fishing for are behaving,” says Redington, who led the tournament on day one. In other words, to fire up a school, he first catches a couple of undersize fish on a small worm and that seems to rev up the action among the bigger fish.

“I’ll catch a couple of dinks on the worm, then switch to my regular baits,” says Redington. “Literally, it’s the old bait-and-switch routine. But I’ve been getting some quality bites doing that.”

Redington trails Haynes by just over a pound and a half, and he needs a big kicker to make a run Saturday. His heaviest bass Friday was 5 pounds; on day one his 24-pound, 13-ounce stringer was topped by a 6-pounder.

“There aren’t a lot of other fish showing up on my spots,” he says. “The secret’s out and everybody’s fishing ledges, including the ones I’m fishing. Also, the current has slowed to nothing. That’s not going to help Saturday, but we’ll see.”

Brandon Hunter wrestles a big one to the boat.

3. Brandon Hunter, Benton, Ky., 45-9

Hunter had his limit by 6:45 Friday morning and culled one fish at 7:05. After that, he ran to various spots in an attempt to find “new” fish, but boats were swarming over the best ledges by then.

“I catch my fish early, and then it’s a struggle for the rest of the day,” says Hunter. “I have one place where I can catch them and a few postspawn fish are coming in, but I don’t know if it will hold up for Saturday.”

Hunter is fishing a swimbait and crankbait on a bar in about 15 feet of water, and also a ledge inside a large cove.

Walmart pro Mark Rose finished day two in fourth place with a 44-11 total.

4. Mark Rose, West Memphis, Ark., 44-11

The Arkansas angler is also running ledges. He’s using Strike King 6XD, 8XD and 10 XD crankbaits, as well as a swimbait.

“I’ve got the whole water column pretty well covered,” says the Walmart pro. “I like what I’m doing and I think it’s going to hold up. The only thing is that I need a couple of big fish to get back in contention.”

Rose culled a half-dozen times Friday. Typically, his day begins by catching a fairly quick limit of small keepers, then upgrading during the rest of the day at other spots.

David Fields of Murray, Ky., finished day two in fifth place with 44 pounds, 14 ounces.

5. David Fields, Murray, Ky., 44-4

If ever there were a sleeper in the tournament, it’s David Fields. He last fished the Rayovac series in 2012, when he finished 7th in a Central Division event on Kentucky Lake. Fields was the last holdout of the shallow-water anglers fishing this tournament, but Friday afternoon he went out deep for the first time and it paid off with three solid keepers.

“I had to move and then go offshore,” says Fields. “The pressure from other anglers got to me. It’s been pretty much a morning bite, then a long dry spell, than a little flurry of bites in the afternoons. For sure, I’ve been fishing my brains out to get what I have.”

Fields is using an Ignite Baits swimbait in a shad pattern and fishing in about 8 feet of water. He culled four fish Friday.

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Drury Wins on Lake of the Ozarks

Drury Wins on Lake of the Ozarks

The Drury University duo of Cole Breeden of Eldridge, Missouri and Cameron Smith, of Nixa, Missouri, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Bass Pro Shops with a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 9 ounces. The victory earned the Panthers’ bass club $2,650 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

Iowa's Myers Wins T-H Marine BFL Regional Championship on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes presented by Evinrude

Iowa's Myers Wins T-H Marine BFL Regional Championship on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes presented by Evinrude

BUCHANAN, Tenn. – Boater Mark Myers of Cedar Falls, Iowa, brought a three-day total of 12 bass to the scale weighing 31 pounds even to win the no-entry fee T-H Marine FLW BFL Regional Championship on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes presented by Evinrude Saturday. For the win, Myers earned $70,000, including a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Evinrude... READ MORE »

Myers Makes Long Run for Kentucky Win

Myers Makes Long Run for Kentucky Win

Mark Myers of Cedar Falls, Iowa, is no stranger to the victory circle with FLW, having previously won a BFL as a boater to go with two FLW Tour victories as a co-angler and two more as a co-angler in Costa FLW Series competition. But, his latest win at the T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) Regional on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes is the realization of his long-time goal to qualify for the All-American. READ MORE »

Beavers Wins Potomac Regional

Beavers Wins Potomac Regional

A severe storm backed up the tides and drained many of the best areas on the Potomac. Adjusting to the unusual conditions and grinding out daily limits were the keys to success in the BFL Regional. READ MORE »

New Dominates Seminole Regional

New Dominates Seminole Regional

Belmont, N.C., angler Bryan New, who’s regularly one of FLW’s top performers in the grassroots ranks, had established a dominant pace. New weighed in 22 pounds, 9 ounces on day one and added 20-2 on day two to carry a lead of 6 pounds, 15 ounces into the finals. A roughly 7-pound margin isn’t necessarily a sure thing on Seminole, but the fall bite was a bit slower than what the lake can produce, and it was obvious New was cruising. READ MORE »

Hays Rallies for Ozark Title

Hays Rallies for Ozark Title

The final day of the Costa FLW Series Central Division event on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Evinrude was no walk in the park for the top 10 pros. With a cold front passing through at the start of the event, a high-pressure system settled in for the final round of fishing. While most struggled, Dylan Hays of El Dorado, Ark., sacked up 14 pounds, 6 ounces today – the biggest limit brought in during the final day – and finally was able to wrangle his first FLW title. READ MORE »

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 3

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 3

The final day of the Costa FLW Series Central Division on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Evinrude is fixing to get fun based on what’s already happened today and what could happen. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks – Day 2

Sure enough, with conditions changing from rain and clouds to sun and wind, the Costa FLW Series Central Division on Lake of the Ozarks, which is presented by Evinrude, has made it tough on guys. Of course, day-two leader James Watson predicted that some of the biggest bags of the event would come in today despite the conditions, and he was right. READ MORE »

Consistency Puts Watson Out Front

Consistency Puts Watson Out Front

Weather has been the storyline leading up to the Costa FLW Series Central Division finale on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Evinrude. With storms and rain blowing through yesterday ahead of a cold front, the cooler weather set in today making fishing tough on some, but others took advantage of the change. READ MORE »

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 2

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 2

A cold front that brought temperatures in the 40s, rain and wind has the bass in a funk on day two of the Costa FLW Series Central Division event presented by Evinrude on Lake of the Ozarks. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks – Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Lake of the Ozarks – Day 1

Even some of the best locals were driving the struggle bus all day trying to find ways to adapt to fish that moved thanks to the heavy storms. Yet, some guys did adapt well, with the best being Ladd Shannon and his 19-pound, 6-ounce tournament-leading bag. READ MORE »

Shannon Leads the Ozark Charge

Shannon Leads the Ozark Charge

After losing over an hour of fishing time due to a massive thunderstorm that rolled through the area early this morning causing a lightning delay, day one of the Costa FLW Series Central Division finale on Lake of the Ozarks looked to be a grinder of an event. The tournament, which is presented by Evinrude, saw plenty of fish catching by midday, but no size to speak of. Ladd Shannon of Atkins, Ark., managed to scrape up a limit worth 19 pounds, 6 ounces by the end of the day and sits in first by 1-11 over FLW pro Greg Bohannan. READ MORE »

Rampey Stays Red Hot on Hartwell

Rampey Stays Red Hot on Hartwell

After winning a T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) Super Tournament on Lake Hartwell a few weeks ago, Jayme Rampey of Liberty, S.C., was certainly one of the favorites heading into the BFL Regional on the same pond this past weekend. Lo and behold, he wouldn’t disappoint, and notched his 11th career BFL win – five of which have come on Hartwell – and won a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower motor, plus $20,000 cash for his efforts. READ MORE »

Warren Mounts Furious Comeback on Grand

Warren Mounts Furious Comeback on Grand

Curt Warren was a paragon of consistency over three days at Grand Lake, and the result was a victory in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, presented by T-H Marine. Warren turned in limits of 14-5 on day one and 16-9 on day two, but it was his day-three limit of 15-9 that was the most impressive – no other pro even cracked the 13-pound mark battling the tough post-frontal conditions Grand had to offer on day three. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Grand Lake - Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Grand Lake - Day 2

When conditions changed, Cody Bird of Granbury, Texas completely scrapped his day-one pattern, caught a limit that weighed 13-11 and took over the lead of the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event, presented by T-H Marine, with a two-day total of 32-14. Here’s what the rest of the top five was up to on day two. READ MORE »

Bird Moves Ahead on Grand

Bird Moves Ahead on Grand

After his sizzling day-one pattern fizzled, Cody Bird adjusted his focus to a completely different scenario and sacked up a limit of 13-11 on day two to take over the lead in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, presented by T-H Marine, with a two day total of 32-14. Going into Saturday’s final round, Bird holds a 7-ounce lead over day-one leader and Grand Lake stick Jason Christie. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Grand Lake - Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Grand Lake - Day 1

Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., leveraged his intimate understanding of Grand Lake’s tendencies to catch a five-bass limit that weighed 22 pounds, 10 ounces to take the lead on day one of the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event Presented by T-H Marine. Here are the details of the rest of the top five. READ MORE »

Christie Blasts 22-10 on Grand

Christie Blasts 22-10 on Grand

Oklahoma stick Jason Christie overcame the unsettling effects of a passing cold front to sack up a five-bass limit that weighed 22 pounds, 10 ounces for the day one lead in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, presented by T-H Marine on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake. READ MORE »

Grand Lake Midday Update - Day 1

Grand Lake Midday Update - Day 1

After several weeks of hot, sunny conditions, anglers launched with cloudy skies, stout winds and air temperatures in the low 60s. By midday, the temperature rose into the mid to upper 60s and the wind started to subside, however, the first couple of hours saw Grand Lake’s temperamental side. READ MORE »

Beavers Focused on Bluebacks

Beavers Focused on Bluebacks

FLW Tour pro Bradford Beavers of Summerville, South Carolina, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 28 pounds, 1 ounce, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division super-tournament on Lake Hartwell Sunday. Beavers earned $6,345 for his efforts. READ MORE »